Spencertown Academy has proudly offered this competition since 2015. Our goal is to encourage creative writing among students in grades 9-12 (including homeschool) in Columbia County, NY and Berkshire County, MA. This year’s contest attracted 28 creative individuals, writing in either Fiction or Non-Fiction (personal essay) categories.
Works were judged in an anonymous process by published authors and publishing professionals, who volunteered their services for this contest.
This year’s judges include:
- David Cudaback – David is a retired magazine writer and editor.
- Elaine Khosrova – Elaine is the author of Butter, A Rich History, and has worked for various national magazines.
- Emily A. McCully – Emily is the author of an O’ Henry Prize story, two adult novels and many children’s books.
- Kathy Zdeb – Kathy wrote about music and people for newspapers and magazines, before turning to science writing.
We really cannot thank them enough for their time and the thought they put into their co-operative decisions. Each category has three prizes – $250, $150 and $100. We look forward to the winners possibly reading their stories at our Festival of Books in September.
Please note: there were numerous entries in the non-fiction section, many with potential. However after careful consideration, the judges decided to award only first and second place.
This Year’s Winners
Final works in the Fiction category were selected by and Emily A. McCully and Elaine Khosrova
First Place: Mira Pierce
Ninth grade. Chatham High School.
- Second Place: Abira Khair, 9th Grade, Hudson High School, Saturn’s Rings
- Third Place: Ava Young, 10th Grade, Berkshire Waldorf High School, Living For Rose
- Honorable Mention: LoPa Grannis Pflaum, 10th Grade, Red Hook High School, Nosy People
Nonfiction/Essay or Memoir
Final works in the Nonfiction category were chosen by David Cudaback and Kathy Zdeb.
First Place: Amelia Scheriff
Twelfth grade. Chatham High School.
- First Place: Amelia Scheriff, 12th Grade, Chatham High School, Namesake
- Second Place: Carlos Lopez, 12th Grade, Hudson High School, El Otro Lado del Odio
Enjoy reading these impressive works by six talented teenagers.